Your asphalt driveway gets regularly assaulted by the elements. Whether it is rain, snow, sleet, hail or runoff from your sprinklers, water can wreak havoc in your driveway. Therefore, it is important to seal your driveway every year to three years, depending on the weather conditions where you live.
Sealing an Asphalt Driveway
The first step to sealing an asphalt driveway is to check your weather report. You will want to make sure that you are not going to get rain for at least two days and that the temperature is going to stay above 50° F. If it rains or if the temperature drops below 50°, the coating will not seal or dry properly.
Prepping Your Blacktop Driveway
Believe it or not, most of your time in sealing your driveway is actually going to be spent preparing the surface. The steps are as follows:
Repairing Cracks and Holes in Your Driveway
Sealing Your Driveway
After your patches have dried, get your bucket of coating product and turn it upside down before opening it. The heavier materials in your coating will have settled at the bottom of the container. When you flip the container over, you will make mixing the coating easier.
Open the can and mix the contents of your coating with a clean stick. You will have to mix the contents from time to time as you use the sealant to prevent settling and to keep the same consistency.
Pour enough sealer into a corner so that you can cover roughly 20 square feet. If you have never sealed your tar driveway before, you will have to experiment a little.
Using a roller, a squeegee or a brush with a long handle, spread the sealant over your driveway, making sure that the sealant overlaps with each pass. The applications should be relatively thin so that the sealant will dry within a day or two. Thicker is not better.
One of the most common problems with concrete and blacktop driveways is that they tend to crack over a period of time. They can even develop cracks in them long before they should if they're not properly taken care of.
One reason to seal coat the driveway yourself would be to save on the cost of labor. This would end up saving you anywhere from $300 to $1000. A team of professional seal coaters usually consists of three people that make money based on the quantity of driveways they complete in one day.
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